Originally Posted by dchan
Most "rental" fleets are generally narrower. Almost all shops that have skis wider than 85 mm will have them in their demo section. And generally do not include the boots.
I know, but the original premise of the thread was that a lot of unsuspecting people were being pushed on to fat skis from rental shops and retailers. I didn't see much of anything over 80-mm among the regular rentals, which is what most people were on. So that just leaves people asking for demos and buying their own gear.
Originally Posted by The Engineer
Did you verify what planet you were on? I was just out at Winter Park skiing a mogul ski at 66 under foot. I looked at everyone's skis on the lift and on the hill. There was one guy on Hart mogul skis, but everyone else I saw was on something much much wider than mine. It feels a little weird to be skiing on something so narrow compared to what everyone else has. It really stood out to me. This is supposed to be the mogul capital of the world, but weren't many mogul skiers that trip. Times past I've seen lots of mogul skis there. My friend rented from the Winter Park demo fleet with the link shown below. I think he picked 106 under foot. Can you get anything less than 80 from their fleet? Certainly nothing at the resort anywhere close to my Twisters.
Thanks for the link. May I point out that this is a list of demo skis. The original premise of this thread was that wide numbers of people who one would expect to be renting from the regular rental fleet (i.e., not demos) were being pushed into riding around on much wider skis than they should be.
I was in Summit Co in a week with high temps and no new snow, so I can only attest to what I saw where I was. But from what I saw, most people were not really going after the mogul runs all that much. Most were doing some moguls here and there but were mostly on the groomers. Also, most weren't on skis over 80 mm. And, most of the shops I visited didn't have much, if anything at all, over 80 mm in their non-demo rental fleet, and that includes just about every shop in Dillon and Frisco, as well as a couple at the base of Keystone.
From what I saw, almost none of the tourists were flailing around helplessly on unnecessarily wide, rockered skis as was described in the original editorial. Most of the people I saw were on skis appropriate for the conditions and terrain they were skiing (except the patrollers).
If your friend thinks a 106-mm ski is appropriate for mogul skiing in firm conditions, then maybe he shouldn't be paying extra money to be renting from demo fleets.